Notre Dame Tight End Named Second Nominee for 2018 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award
Notre Dame’s Nic Weishar is this week’s nominee for the 2018 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. Weishar, a fifth-year tight end who lost his brother Andrew in 2012 to cancer, helped launch a foundation to bring joy and ease the financial burden felt by families battling cancer.
“I think just the most rewarding part is obviously to see a smile on a family’s face that’s going through such a hard time, and just to know that you’re doing something that really means a lot to them,” Weishar said. “Just the little things that people did for us when Andrew was going through his battle, we were just so fortunate to have so many family friends around, and there are people that don’t have that support system. And to kind of be able to be that for somebody, for a young kid that’s going through that, just to shoot him a text when he’s at treatment, just to let him know you’re thinking about him really means a lot to that kid.”
Andrew Weishar died on Oct. 12, 2012, at the age of 21. He had waged a nearly three-year battle with colorectal cancer, but even in his toughest moments, he had asked his family to pay forward all of the kind deeds others had done for him when he was sick. The family launched The Andrew Weishar Foundation in the south suburbs of Chicago, and the charity has granted more than $800,000 to families battling cancer.
Nic Weishar was recently named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. On Saturday, he hauled in the third touchdown catch of his career, a two-yard grab that proved to be the deciding score in a 22-17 win over Vanderbilt to help the Irish improve to 3-0. Weishar has 17 career catches for 122 yards.
The Courage Award was first presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) in 2002. A select group of writers from the FWAA vote on the winner each year. The requirements for nomination include displaying courage on or off the field, including overcoming an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster or living through hardship. The winner of the award will be included in festivities during Capital One Orange Bowl week and receive his trophy at an on-field presentation.
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